The U of S has received a significant investment to its Health Sciences building project, thanks to a generous $250,000 gift from the Dr. Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation. The Health Sciences project is the largest capital building project in the history of the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently under construction, with an expected completion in 2015.
The donation will also support the Clinical Learning Resource Centre, a state of the art teaching and learning space that provides health sciences students with an immersive, directed, interprofessional education through simulated healthcare experiences in a truly multidisciplinary environment.
The University of Saskatchewan has enjoyed a long and supportive relationships with members of the Worobetz family, and especially Hon. Dr. Stephen and Michelene Worobetz. Stephen Worobetz (B.Sc. 1935, LL.D. (Hon.) 1984) was a surgeon, doctor and Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan, and also taught Medicine at the U of S for many years. He and his wife started their foundation in 1989, through which they supported community initiatives and charitable organizations in Saskatchewan that reflected their own values.
The Dr. Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation’s gift to the Health Sciences project honours the memory of the couple, and acknowledges the professional contributions Dr. Stephen Worobetz has made to the medical community and beyond in Saskatchewan. The donation was initiated by Stephen’s nephew, Dr. Lawrence Worobetz (M.D. 1977), who is also a faculty member in the College of Medicine.
Inside the innovative new facility, the U of S will offer a highly integrated experience for students in all health care fields. The university will introduce leading teaching concepts, conduct broad research investigations that advance the understanding of health issues and explore how to best provide clinical services that respond to the needs of today’s patients.